Facebook’s new headquarters will be located across the street from its current digs in Menlo Park, Calif., and connected to the old campus by a tunnel.
2A More Demure Design From the Master of Folded Metal
While there is evidence of the sharply angular slants and sinewy curves for which the architect is known, the low-slung building has a comparably low-profile from the road.
3Sunken Into the Earth, Facebook HQ Resembles a Bunker
Partially disguised by a rooftop park across the 433,555-square-foot building, Gehry was reportedly asked to design an anonymous-looking structure.
4The Low-Rise Facebook HQ Will Barely Be Seen
Even though it will be 45 feet tall and even rising to 73 feet in some areas, the square footage mostly will be taken up by its length, which will be filled with some 2,800 Facebook engineers.
5Sustainable Architecture Is One of the Goals
It won’t just blend in with nature. Although green roofs like this one require substantial engineering for the weight of earth and plants, they work to reduce heating and cooling costs.
6A Complicated Floor Plan for the Facebook HQ
This aerial view of a model of the proposed building shows a twisting floor plan boxed in by angled walls and curving pedestrian byways.
7World Famous Architect for a World Famous Company
It seems suitable that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chose Gehry—one of the most distinctive and well-known architects in the world today. His Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, shown above, is a modern icon.
8Architect Can Be a Hit or Miss With Flamboyant Designs
Gehry’s EMP Museum in Seattle was disparaged for its bizarre massing and strange colors, with one architecture critic likening it to something that crawled out of the sea and died.
9More Exuberant Gehry Architecture Found at MIT
The Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., is a more familiar Gehry design but also came under fire for leaky roofs and poor build quality.
10Gehry’s DZ Bank in Berlin Follows a More Demure Design
The Facebook HQ is likely to recall Gehry’s DB Bank building (center) in Berlin, where an austere exterior belies the architect’s more flamboyant tastes inside.